Racial/Islamophobic Hate Crime in Scotland falls as it rises dramatically in England

Racial/Islamophobic crime in Scotland remains the most commonly reported hate crime. There were 3,349 charges reported in 2016-17, 10 percent fewer than in 2015-16, and the lowest number reported since 2003-04.


I’ve already attracted a bit of criticism for suggesting Scottish society and institutions including its policing strategies have promoted a more harmonious relationship with minority groups especially its Islamic community. Most controversially, I’ve suggested this might be making us safer from terrorism. Tempting fate, I know but the facts are there. See:

Scotland and Terrorism: Are we safer?

The above statistics were published just yesterday. There are, as far as I can see, no equivalent data for England as yet, but we’ve seen these headlines from 2016 and early 2017, thus predating the recent attacks by some time, which suggest Scottish society has, at least, more of the elements required to increase integration and reduce the negativity leading to terrorism:

Hate crimes rise by up to 100 per cent across England and Wales …

Hate crimes surge by 42% in England and Wales since Brexit result …

An increase in hate crimes in Manchester and London is the last few days was to be expected but the problem predates, England has much to learn from the Scottish context and needs to do so soon.


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